Just looking at these fabulous winter nails makes us want to celebrate all the good things that winter brings! Well, maybe not the snow blizzards and -40C of our European homeland. We’re talking about making snowmen, building snow castles, skiing, skating and watching snowflakes glittering in the street lights.
Even if summer is beginning in your part of the world, there’s nothing stopping you from joining the festivities by decorating your nails with a nice wintery pattern or maybe just doing a shiny blue glitter gradient in honour of Queen Winter.
Here some of the best winter nail designs we’ve found:
By learning a nail art technique used to do theses Ruffian Ikat Nails you’ll be able to create nail designs as funky as Madeline Poole nails. Or, at least you can get very close. No special skills required, just a pair of scissors and a pack of nail strips. I bet you do have a couple of packs of nail strips* (or, nail wraps) at home, that you don’t know what to do with. Here’s their chance to shine!
Did you know that in addition to just putting nail wraps straight on your nails to fake some nail art, you can actually do some pretty cool things with them? You can use them for some kind of hybrid nail art, where you do the easy parts yourself and the complex steps are nail wraps. The results can be truly amazing!
Check out the how-to below:
Paint your nails in the desired colour, preferably one that matches one of the shades of the nail strip. We opted for a bright blue to match blue details of the Ikat Incoco nail strips.
Select the size of the strips you’ll be using and attach them to your nails leaving nail polish exposed in a ruffian shape as pictured.
Attach studs as pictured and secure the whole design with top coat. Let it dry. Done!
No clean up, no time spent drawing intricate patterns, no extra long drying time required. How easy this nail art technique is?! And most importantly, even beginners can achieve quite impressive results. Nail strips can be used pretty much for any kind of details – chevrons, french tips, squares, etc. Any shape that you can cut out and stick onto your nails, even little animals, if you wish so.
The most remarkable product from the 2013 OPI Mariah Carey collection is the 18k white gold & silver top coat, OPI Mariah Carey Pure. It’s the sister of the ground braking OPI The Man With The Golden Gun gold leaf top coat launched in 2012. It’s essentially a luxurious clear top coat with gold flakes that’s great for layering over colour. Apparently it’s real 18K gold and we’re inclined to believe it’s true. So far, no other brands have sparkling flakes as stunning as the famous OPI toppers.
So when we had a chance to try OPI’s Mariah Carey Pure Gold top coat we were quite excited. It looks equally beautiful layered over dark or light nail colours. We found i’s best paired with cool tones, blue, mint, dust rose pink, grey etc. It’s difficult to describe just how beautiful it looks so we’ll let the photos do the talking. For the technical details, read our review below!
Formula: A fast drying, 3-free clear top coat with large and small white gold and silver flakes.
Application: The signature extra-wide OPI brush makes application of Pure top coat very easy. The density of flakes is really great, so whatever comes on the brush is enough to create a nice effect. Pictured is one coat of top coat.
Finish:Very glossy finish, but it looks better covered with the usual, clear top coat.
Overall Impression: If you liked OPI’s The Man With The Golden Gun top coat, OPI Mariah Carey is a must. A gold leaf top coat is the easiest way to transform your day time manicure into an evening look (hello, quick Christmas party nails!). Plus, if you’re not into glitter but would like to try something more extravagant for your nails – well, gold leaf top coat should be your choice. This top coat comes in a nice box too (like this), making it a perfect Christmas gift.
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HAPPY CYBER MONDAY SALES!
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Online shopping has dissolved the boarders made it possible to shop at any time anywhere in the world. During The Black Friday sales a couple of sites have again experienced problems when the sheer number of online shoppers overloaded their servers. Why bother going to the shop when all your favorites can be neatly saved in a wish list and are just one click away? I pretty much did all my Black Friday shopping within 20 minutes on 4 sites. Now just need to wait patiently till my parcels arrive. Wish I could just buy everything online.
What about you guys, do you prefer to buy nail polish online or in a store? And, if you prefer online, what’s your favorite store?
ps. Got a nail question? Email Maria at email@example.com. We’ll do our best to find the answer!
Late one night while randomly browsing the interwebs, I came across a fantastic image of beautiful nails matching a pair of Steve Madden studded loafers. Intrigued, I started digging for more and it appeared that for over a year now, the US shoe brand Steve Madden have been collaborating with Nailing Hollywood ‘s celebrity nail artists. Namely, Jenna Hipp, Karen G, Stephanie Stone and Madeline Poole who have been producing incredible nail designs inspired by Steve Madden shoes, bags and even sunglasses. Lace and studs, nail wraps and foils, glitter and matte… the girls have nailed it!
So, next time you’re lacking some nail-spiration, have a closer look into your shoe-robe.
What’s cool about today’s Negative Space Nautical Nails tutorial? Well, you’ll learn how to do negative space nails for a start. So whether you’re doing a stripey pattern like our nautical nails or any other pattern, hearts, circles, snakes, ghosts, etc, the same technique applies. Secondly, we’re changing the perception of nautical nails. The new nautical isn’t just the typical white, red and blue shades, it can be almost in any colour you want it to be! We opted for orange, turquoise and navy.
Finally, today’s design is a great source of nail-spiration, we’re itching to try it in other colours. We’re thinking striking black, red, yellow and white, or more feminine in pastel blue, rose, mint and lilac shades. If you’re short on time, remember there’s always the option of one accent nail leaving other nails plain navy, or turquoise.
Paint base in nude shade or, if your nails are an even colour, just apply base coat. Allow sufficient time for your nails to dry completely.
Apply striping tape as pictured. Make sure the tape is attached to the nail edges so the colour doesn’t leak underneath the tape and ruin your perfect stripes.
Paint the stripes in different colours on all fingers. It’s better to come up with a plan/colour scheme (which colour to use for each stripe) for each nail before you start painting.
Working one nail at a time, apply two coats of fast drying, glossy top coat and quickly but carefully remove striping tape to reveal the pattern. Repeat on all nails.
How do you like these Negative Space Nautical Nails? Have you tried experimenting with negative space nails before?
As always, whether you will use this Negative Space Nautical Nails tutorial or invent your own cool nautical nails design, make sure you show us! Tweet or Instagram us a photo with a tag #sonailicious, we’d LOVE to see it!
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It’s one of those things that are more important than it seems from the first sight. For most of my life, my nails just didn’t want to grow, or to be more accurate, I didn’t know how to grow them. There are tons of fantastic things you can do with short nails, just look at these short nail gurus. But personally, I’ve always wanted slightly longer nails than what I’ve had.
After trying many, and by many I mean about 20, different nail strengtheners, my hope of longer nails seemed unachievable. However, recently I had a chance to try Bio Sculpture Gel. It protected my nails for a good 10 days and allowed me to finally get a bit of extra length to my nubs. By lucky coincidence, then I was recommended to try ORLY Nailtrition and that is pretty much responsible for the extra length. I’m still trialing a few other products (thank you guys, for your recommendations), but they need a bit more time before deriving any conclusions.
Getting back to the subject of nail shape… The longer my nails grew the more I began experimenting with different nail shapes. In the last year, I had my nails square, squoval and even attempted an almond shape but that quickly developed into a squoval. The only nail shape that I didn’t try was an oval, until now.
When I was holidaying in Turkey in 2005, a celebrity manicurist, Marina said to me while looking at my nails “You should give your nails a proper shape. The right nail shape is the one that follows your natural cuticle shape. It’s the best for your hands.” Now 8 years later, I’ve finally followed Marina’s advice and it feels fantastic! Some of the benefits of having oval nail shape I’ve discovered over the last week include:
- they don’t catch on everything
- easier and quicker to file nails into ovals
- easier to type
- fingers look longer
- some nail designs look better on oval shapes.
So I’m an oval shape nails convert now! Can’t guarantee it will last for the rest of my life but so far so good…
To buff, or not to buff? So far, I haven’t found a definitive answer to that question. The opinions vary dramatically. Personally, I don’t mind buffing nails lightly every now and then. I do it to get rid of occasional flaky bits that glitter nail polish can leave behind. My preferred nail bars are an ORLY file that has 3 different surfaces or The Body Shop nail bar.
What about you guys, do you buff your nails and if so, how often? What is the best nail bar for buffing in your opinion?
ps. Got a nail question? Email Maria at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll do our best to find the answer!
This week’s Friday Nailspiration post is dedicated to Birthday nails. Only two days ago we celebrated our own 1st Birthday so this is an appropriate end to the week. From full glitter to glitter gradient nails, and from easy dotticure to advanced Birthday cake nails, we’ve got nail art ideas for everyone!
Pink cupcake nails /SoNailicious. For a more advanced nail look decorate cupcakes with nail caviar instead of simple dots.
Which Birthday nails are your favorite? Have ever you done any special Birthday nail art before? Which one are you keen to try? Tweet or Instagram us your creations & tag #SoNailicious, would love to see your work!
PS. Don’t forget to enter our Birthday giveaway – 2 Sally Hansen packs valued at $300 up for grabs!